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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Yellowstone Forever

Inspire. Educate. Preserve.

83.38

PO Box 1857 Bozeman, MT 59771
tel: (406) 848-2400   Web Site
EIN: 47-5427975

Board Leadership
Kevin Butt
Chair

CEO
Lisa Diekmann
President & CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.38
  Financial 76.85
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Yellowstone Forever—formerly the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation—is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever. Our educational programming, products, and services help people enjoy, understand, and appreciate the wildlife, geology, and cultural history of the park. The opportunities Yellowstone Forever provides for volunteerism and community relations develop and engage new stewards for the park. Through thoughtful cultivation and stewardship of people who love the park, Yellowstone Forever is building a broad network of philanthropic supporters dedicated to preserving the park. Yellowstone Forever's mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come.

Yellowstone Forever—formerly the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation—is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever. Our educational programming, products, and services help people enjoy, understand, and appreciate the wildlife, geology, and cultural history of the park. The opportunities Yellowstone Forever provides for volunteerism and community relations develop and engage new stewards for the park. Through thoughtful cultivation and stewardship of people who love the park, Yellowstone Forever is building a broad network of philanthropic supporters dedicated to preserving the park. Yellowstone Forever's mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come.

Financial

76.85

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
74.0%
  Administrative Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.32
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.57
  Program Expenses Growth 35.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Yellowstone Forever on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Yellowstone Forever on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,482,587
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $199,020
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,681,607
   Program Service Revenue $2,014,188
Total Primary Revenue $11,695,795
   Other Revenue $2,650,386
TOTAL REVENUE $14,346,181
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,431,931
   Administrative Expenses $2,021,943
   Fundraising Expenses $3,753,721
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $17,207,595
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,861,414
   
Net Assets $11,737,567

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Support for Yellowstone National Park $5,711,549 50.0%
Visitor Education $2,615,023 22.9%
Visitor education product sales $3,105,359 27.2%

Within the last year, this charity had a CN Advisory removed. Read More

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-02 08/03/2021 84.18
2019-02 08/03/2021 84.18
2018-02 12/21/2018 90.63
2017-02 12/22/2017 88.67
2015-09 08/01/2016 90.71
2014-09 06/01/2016 89.48
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 10/01/2015 90.31
2013-09 09/01/2014 88.24
2012-09 10/01/2013 88.26
2011-09 08/01/2012 85.95
2010-09 09/20/2011 90.49
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 88.31
2008-09 11/01/2009 88.21
2007-09 10/01/2008 82.81
2006-09 08/01/2007 87.78

Historical CN Advisories

07/21/2020-08/01/2021: Moderate Concern Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing CN Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Moderate Concern CN Advisory for the Yellowstone Forever on August 1, 2021, because the CN Advisory has been in place for more than a year (since July 21, 2020) and because the issues that prompted the CN Advisory have been resolved. Specifically:

  • The organization's most recent independant audit does not list an Emphasis of Matter- Going Concern.

Charity Navigator had published a Moderate Concern CN Advisory on Yellowstone Forever because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • Yellowstone Forever’s 02/2019 audit states that Yellowstone Forever has an “Emphasis of Matter Regarding Going Concern” that is outlined in Note 22. It reads, “Management has identified certain conditions and events that create uncertainty about the ability of the Organization to continue as a going concern. For the years ended February 28, 2019 and 2018, the Organization has sustained losses of $4,001,985 and $1,614,048 respectively.” For this reason, we have issued this Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information, please see the FYE 2019 Audit.

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 47-5427975
Name in IRS Master File YELLOWSTONE FOREVER
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 2016
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End February
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • February, 2018
  • February, 2017
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$129,808 0.75% John Walda Interim President and CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$320,192 1.86% Heather White Former President and CEO

Highly Rated

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Charity Contact Info

Yellowstone Forever
PO Box 1857
Bozeman, MT 59771
tel: (406) 848-2400
EIN: 47-5427975

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Board Leadership

Kevin Butt
Chair

CEO

Lisa Diekmann
President & CEO

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